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RPDPHSX001: DPx H•E•S•T
About Robert Young Pelton...
The adventurer, Robert Young Pelton is known for overcoming extraordinary obstacles in his search for the truth. He has made a career of bypassing the media, border guards and the military in his goal of getting to the heart of the story. In his travels to and through the world’s most dangerous places, Pelton has shared risks with his hosts and often has become the sole surviving witness to history-shaping events. His recent journeys have taken him inside the siege of Grozny in Chechnya, the battle of Qala-I-Jangi in Afghanistan, the rebel campaign to take Monrovia in Liberia, inside the hunt for Bin Laden in the Tribal Areas with the CIA, with insurgents during the war in Iraq and running RPG Alley every day for four weeks with Blackwater in Baghdad.
Articles about Robert Young Pelton from (will open a PDF file in a new window) Outside Magazine, Time, USA Today and Forbes.
DPx H•E•S•T describes this item as follows:
You are now the owner of the DPx H•E•S•T limited edition knife. I designed it to be a durable blade that will be your constant companion. The "DP" means it is designed to be used in the world's most dangerous places and is the title of my long running guide. H•E•S•T stands for "Hostile Environment Survival Tool". In my travels through over three dozen conflict zones and well over 100 countries I have needed a simple durable tool that is tough enough to accomplish big tasks but also get you out of a pinch when a sharp edge is needed. The DPx H•E•S•T will put you in command of tight situations whether they be urban or rural, remote or local, planned or unplanned.
Your DPx H•E•S•T will serve you well in the wilderness as a light multipurpose point, edge, chopping, skinning, trimming and even shaving blade. The DPx H•E•S•T is also a handy everyday utility knife with its bottle opener, pry bar and rugged field-sharpenable edge. Best of all it's an excellent heirloom, gift and constant companion whenever a sharp edge or a no nonsense tool is needed.
I never advocate the use of violence in foreign lands. It's quite common for the victim to become the victimizer after you best your attacker. The DPx H•E•S•T is an ideal self-defense tool (it is not sold as a lethal weapon). Slip the tight compact DPx H•E•S•T into your palm with the edge just poking out. When in extremis use the fighting grip for extra punch and grip when things get slippery. Your DPx H•E•S•T will remain securely under your control due to its large fighting grip and triple "bite" (blade, point and "prybar") Unlike traditional knife fighting which assumes a longer blade and multiple sharp cutting and jabbing, the DPx H•E•S•T is a confidence builder and only for use in last resort.
The knife is one of man's most important and basic tools. A sharp edge and sturdy grip are the basic starting point. Your DPx H•E•S•T knife not only delivers unusually thick steel (comparable in thickness to blades of 12" or longer!) but a razor-sharp edge. The DPx H•E•S•T is designed with an optimum blade length to create maximum force and control of the cutting process. Get used to handling your knife, feel the balance and practice cutting, prying, concealed carrying, open fighting grip and hammer. You should be able to develop muscle memory to prevent cuts and attain comfortable movement. Most of all, keep your knife sharp. A small whetstone is ideal.
WIRE BREAK NOTCH
The wire break notch at the base of the blade also acts as the choil allowing you to keep a sharp cutting blade from point to base. The careful alignment of the choil and the opener also gives you two very stable lashing points for an improvised longer spear handle, axe or dead drop trap.
You have a bottle opener and small pry on the top of the DPx H•E•S•T. You can also hook the prybar under a cap and pop it off. The 3/16th-inch-thick top area ahead of the bottle opener/pry allows you to hammer the blade through thick wood, creating a durable axe type tool
It's tempting to use the knife point of your DPx H•E•S•T as a prybar, chisel or splitter. Don't. This quickly leads to damage to the sharp tip and requires regrinding and sharpening to keep the smooth razor-like curve of the blade. I have including a prybar/scraper tool that you can smash with a hammer or rock to split, open, shave off kindling or crack. When the pry bar tip gets dull, just sharpen it up.
You may have wondered why most knives don't provide a functional storage area. Some do and make the handle too light or weak for the blade. Your DPx H•E•S•T has an area hollowed up inside the open fighting grip and Micarta handles to store a wide variety of "must haves" that range from emergency "get out of jail" money to fish hooks and line. Brass slotted screws are provided to quickly remove or open the grips. The storage area is not waterproof, but can be easily made so by adding a bead of silicon on each side before reassembling.
Some owners may want to use their DPx H•E•S•T skeletonized. The knife is light and small enough to be carried as a neck knife using longer paracord for the sheath or to make your DPx H•E•S•T flat and more concealable. Others may like a personalized paracord or leather strip wrap instead of the Micarta handles. It's your knife, so make it work for you. The lashing holes in the back and front of the cutout are designed to start and end your paracord or leather wrap handle. Use plenty of paracord and it can come in handy in the bush.
The DPx H•E•S•T knife is designed to be part of a complete wilderness or expedition survival system. Not only can the open handle be used as a secure lashing point but there are four holes that are designed to be used as horizontal and vertical lashing points for use in dead falls, spears or heavier tools. The unusual thickness and rugged design is made for abuse.
The exposed steel of your DPx H•E•S•T will rust, the hard powdercoating will chip and the knife will show the effects of use. But that is exactly what a knife designed for an active lifestyle should do. Don't baby, it but always keep a good edge on your knife.
Your kydex sheath is heat molded to your DPx H•E•S•T and comes with a system that allows customization for belt, pocket, neck, MOLLE and other carry methods. The sheath will be tight at first and then wear in. You can also use the mounting screws to adjust the belt mount and tightness.
Your DPx H•E•S•T knife has a 1095 high carbon durable edge with 57-58 on the Rockwell scale. Any blade - even ours - will wear after rough use. The key to putting the edge back is a consistent angle on each edge. Field sharpening requires a stone harder than steel and a smooth stroke. It's worth bringing a ceramic or stone sharpener into the field. One trick is to blacken the edge with soot and watch the new edge being laid down. Shave the steel down until you leave a thin burr, then flip it over and repeat. Ideally, start with a rough stone and switch to a fine stone. With some experience you should master a crisp straight edge. For harder work, create a beveled edge that becomes tighter, 18 degrees to 22 degrees at the edge. You can use water, oil or nothing on your sharpening stone.
As you and your DPx H•E•S•T knife become constant companions you may want to make it uniquely yours. I encourage you to create a handle or sheath that makes the knife your own. You can use bone, wood, metal, plastic or any durable material to create a handle molded to your hand. Your knife can be refinished, engraved or painted in your own color. Commemorate a tour, trip or special event to make your DPx H•E•S•T knife a family heirloom. I designed the knife for my own personal use; why not customize it for yours?
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- Ergonomic Design
- Wire Break Notch
- Dual Vertical Lashing Points
- Fulcrum Hinge / Mounting Point
- Inside / Outside Hand Grip
- Dual Horizontal Lashing Points
- Pry Bar / Scraper / Hook
- Open Fighting Grip
- Bottle Opener
- 7 5/8" by 1" by 3/16"
- 1095 High Carbon Steel
- Can be used Skeletonized without Micarta Handle
- Designed for Field Sharpening by Robert Young Pelton
- Unique Heat-Treated Process
- 57-58R HRC Rockwell Scale
- Hidden Storage Compartment
- Multi-mount Sheath
- Green Canvas Micarta Handle Slabs
- Lifetime Warranty
- Blade Length: 3-1/8"
- Overall Length: 7-5/8"
- Weight: 4.5 oz.
- Sheath Material: Black Kydex
- Made in USA by Ontario Knife Company
UPC Code: 071721075257
An excellent hard use steel, 1095 is a primary choice for camping and larger fixed blade knives for its extreme toughness and ability to hold an edge. Corrosion resistance is very limited with this steel, most blades come with a coating to prevent premature rusting.
Waterproof, scratch resistant, and low friction. It will hold its shape and makes a great alternative to leather.
Micarta is a compressed layered composite sealed within a thermosetting plastic which creates a strong, attractive material that is impervious to water.
This product is USA born and raised.